House of Representatives yesterday said it would commence investigations into the alleged war crimes committed by the Nigerian Army in the ongoing military operations against Boko Hara in the North East.
Chairman House Committee on Defence and Army, Hon. kwewum Rima Shawalu, made the disclosure at the inaugural meeting of the Committee in Abuja.
The Nigerian military has faced serious image problem over war crimes allegations levelled by Amnesty International.
The group had accused the Army, former Chiefs of Army Staff, Lt- Gens Azubuike Ihejirika and Kenneth Minimah, as well as former Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh amongst others of war crimes, demanding their trials.
However, in his speech, Shawulu said the committee would conduct investigations into all claims of human rights abuse and war crimes against the Army to ensure that no personnel is unjustly accused.
“In no distant time, the committee will look into allegations of war crimes to ensure that personnel are not victimised,” he said.
He said the committee would back the efforts of the Army to achieve its desire of building a strong force and institution.